These pictures are only about a week old,
taken on a sunny day when the temperatures were in the high 70s.
Umph. Not any more. We're being treated to about four days
of showers and the accompanying gloom and chill.
It's gray: unbleached, undyed and achromatic. I am just thrilled.
Most of summer was too hot to be outside for long and
we didn't get enough rain. I rarely went without wearing a hat and sunscreen.
Now, I'll go out wearing a hat and a nice cream to keep my skin
from drying out altogether -- from swoon to prune within a week's time.
I hate being cold and am already anticipating the winter solstice,
after which the days again start to lengthen towards spring.